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How to Tell if You Should Toss a Product: The Test

By admin
16 August 2013

To keep your skin and eyes safe and clean, put all of your cosmetics to the test.

Sniff the product. Mascara, eyeshadow, and lipstick usually have a strong, chemical smell to them if they’re expired. If any product doesn’t smell “right”, throw it away immediately.

Look at the surface of the product. If the color has changed or significantly faded from when you first bought it, the product is probably past its prime.

Makeup Expiration Dates

Depending on how clean your brushes/applicators are and how you store your products, your makeup’s expiration date can vary from these estimates.

The following amount of time has passed since the first usage:

Concealer and Foundation: 6-8 months

Powder-based makeup (blush, bronzer, pressed powder): 1 year

Eyeliner: 1 year

Lip gloss and lip stick: 1 year

Mascara: 3 months

Eye shadow: 1 year

Sunscreen: 6 months

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